Looking for budget flooring help

aa62579September 21, 2011

Later on this year my husband and I will be moving into the house where I grew up. We have indoor pets, so the flooring will need to be replaced in the house. We will do the main part of the house first and replace the rest as funds allow. The main part of the house is a '78 double-wide mobile home with the original carpet. It has to go!

With all the work we are going to have to do on our current house and the work on this house, there isn't much of a budget to speak of. And remember, this is a mobile home, so we aren't expecting luxury flooring.

My parents are building a new house and they went with tile and Earthwerks vinyl planks (the ones that snap together and I think glue down - not the ones where the planks are glued to each other.)

Our first priority is budget and second is how it reacts to pet accidents and being easy to clean up/not damaged by them if we don't see them quickly.

So, should we focus on sheet vinyl that we have installed by someone else? I am guessing there will be about 1500 square foot and we are fine doing everything in the same design - probably a medium faux wood. Would sheet or plank be cheaper to install? I would think the sheet would be.

We have a flooring company here in our town, but I don't like the person that mans the retail part - the installers are okay. We might still go through them, but I would rather do my research elsewhere and limit my interaction with the sales person as much as possible.

Thanks for any direction you can give me.

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Air Step Basix by Congoleum is an excellent budget minded choice. They have 2 wood looks in the line. No wrinkle guarantee and it is a floating vinyl which will save you a ton in floor prep. We sell all 6 major brands of vinyl flooring. They are Armstrong, Tarkett, Mannington, Congo, IVC, and Metrofloor. All offer what they call a looselaid vinyl...but none of them mind you..do what Congoleums can do. We never ever have a buckling problem with the Congo. Airstep basix is the way to go. Check it out. PS they make 2 higher calipered ones.. Air Step Evolution and Air Step Plus..same backing system all are urethane and will perform pretty much the same....but Basix is one helluva buy! Good luck

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 9:17PM
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Thank you. That will really help. Maybe I can find another flooring store that will serve our area that carries it.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 10:03PM
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Well, according to the website, the closest store that sells the air step is an hour away. Two close ones that sell Congoleum, but they don't show to sell the air step.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 4:42PM
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If they sell Congo Vinyl floors, they will sell Airstep. They cant sell vinyl, without having Airstep available to them. it's part of the deal with congoleum. Good Luck

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 11:16PM
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For a little visual inspiration ;)
I'm working on my own flooring decisions right now and I find it helpful to see how it will look in my own place.

Here is a link that might be useful: Easy-care resilient floors

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 1:54PM
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Thanks. WISH I could use looks at a deciding factor, but budget is the number one priority.

My parents are building on the same 100 acre plot of land. If we are still around when they no longer live in that house, we will move into it. If that happens, or if my parents outlive us, I assume the house we are moving into will be torn down as soon as it is vacant as it doesn't make sense on the property any longer with the new house and additional outbuildings. One good thing about that is that we don't have to consider resale value with any changes we make.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 4:34PM
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I just finished installing vinyl plank, Surface Source, from Lowe's, in our kitchen dining area as a diy project. I love how easy it was to install. It is the chestnut color, and looks wonderful with our wood furniture. With taxes included it came to $1.88 per square foot. Throw in another $150 for a laser floor tiling square, a really good utility knife, a woodworkers and carpenter's square, several rulers and yardsticks for measuring and cutting guides, and an orthopedic pillow for sitting on the floor while you work. It installed fast, and I'm very happy with the result and price. I also considered Konnecto (sp?) and other brands.

A few months ago I diy installed 3 x 3 carpet tiles in my study. They were 1st quality overrun on closeout and were meant to be glued down. I installed them as a floating floor and fastened them together with hot melt carpet tape at each corner. So far I like them a lot. There has been no movement, and they are incredibly easy to clean and look great. They had a commercial use grading. With taxes and truck shipping it cost $2.12 per square foot. They are very difficult to cut and trim when installing. I used a dremel moto tool with a reinforced fiberglass blade (many of them), 7" dress making scissors (extremely sharp), and a good utility knife.

In a mobile home I'd probably do some of each.
Hope that helps.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 3:16AM
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While I realize your budget is important to you, low end flooring often is not the least costly option in the long run.

For instance, I have 30+ year old top of the line inlaid resilient sheet vinyl flooring in almost all of my wet areas. It is still performaing like the day I installed it.

Compare that to some of my price-conscious relatives who elected low end resilient flooring (2-5 year warrenty) which I have replaced many times over the years at a much higher total price.

Of course you know what you can afford, however if at all possible, I recommend putting as much into a higher grade of product that you can afford (even if you need to put it on credit and pay it off), because in the long run, it will be MUCH MUCH less expensive, because it lasts exponentially longer.

Top-quality floor coverings are really an investment in your home and a much greater savings, even though the up-front costs are higher.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 2:11AM
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